SIOUX CITY | U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, frequently mentioned as a strong 2016 GOP presidential contender, will be in Sioux City on Monday as a part of a three-day swing through Iowa.

The junior senator from Kentucky, will speak at the Iowa GOP Sioux City Victory Office, 2526 Glen Ave. at 3 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m., Paul will join U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, at the Barefoot Bar, 24457 178th St., in Okoboji, Iowa, for a Steve King for Congress Fundraiser.

Paul also has appearances scheduled in Council Bluffs, Mason City, Hiawatha, Iowa City, Davenport and Urbandale as part of his tour of Iowa, which hosts the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.

Paul, an ophthalmologist and the son of three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul, has not said whether he will seek the White House.

Jeff Patch, communications director for the Republican Party of Iowa, said it’s the party’s job to welcome any lawmaker who wishes to visit Iowa.

“They’re coming to energize volunteers and learn more about the state,” he said. “It helps to have perspective on a place like Iowa when you’re writing policies for the entire country.”

King may also be present at Paul's Council Bluffs and Sioux City events, Patch said.

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